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Chocolat

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United Kingdom, United States
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2000

Rated PG-13 · 2h 1m

Director Lasse Hallström
Starring Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
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A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group of Boat Gypsies float down the river the prejudices of the Mayor leads to a crisis.

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Jamie Bitz Profile picture for Jamie Bitz

Although somewhat lacking in depth and development, "Chocolat" is a feel-good film that is pleasing to all your senses. Depp and Binoche live up to their superstar names, but in a much more subtle and soft-hearted fashion than usual. Overall, it is a pleasant film filled with charm----not a must-watch, but a good film for a light-hearted afternoon.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

80

Mr. Showbiz by

It's so easy to be mesmerized by Chocolat's brilliant indulgences that one abandons reason altogether.
80

Newsweek by David Ansen

Chocolat is a seriocomic plea for tolerance, gift-wrapped in the baby blue colors of a fairy tale and served up with a sybaritic smile.
80

L.A. Weekly by Paul Malcolm

While there are scenes of wrenching emotional openness and spontaneous charm -- largely due to the irresistible allure and impeccable craft of its ensemble cast -- the degree of calculation apparent in its plot and images undermines its efforts to move and seduce.
50

Time by Richard Schickel

Made with a sort of tasteful vulgarity, this movie never disappoints the slack-minded audience's anticipation of the humanistically healing banality, the life-crushing behavioral cliché.
91

Portland Oregonian by Shawn Levy

It's built of such exquisite craft -- the acting, the decor, the photography, the music -- that to refuse it is to refuse the very sensations that draw us to art, romance and maybe even life itself.

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